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  • Monday May 22, 2017

    Ideas from the trenches - referendums

    Yes and No: The problem of bad referendums

    From Brexit to Turkey, the use of referendums is on the rise around the world. They're seen as a way of getting politicians and experts out of the way to let 'the people' decide on major policy decisions, and making democracy work more directly. Leah Trueblood is a PhD student at Oxford University. She warns that ill-conceived referendums are actually dangerous for democracies.

    Posted: May 22, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 22, 2017 8:25 AM ET
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  • Friday May 19, 2017

    Myth of Victory - Fall of Bagdad

    The Myth of Victory: How do we know when we've won?

    Some people argue that World War One was just the opening act for the Second World War, and perhaps World War Three is just around the corner. And what about wars of ideology? The Soviet Union doesn't seem to be dead yet, and nor is Communism. Even if we defeat ISIS, does that mean the idea of an Islamic state is finished? Stephen Toope, Janice Stein and Hugh Segal in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

    Posted: May 19, 2017 11:53 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 19, 2017 12:23 PM ET
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  • Thursday May 18, 2017

    Creative Minds

    How art shapes history

    Toronto CBC radio host Matt Galloway talks with architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross. The group met onstage at Toronto's Massey Hall as part of the Creative Minds series, produced in partnership with CBC, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Banff Centre and Massey Hall. Their focus: current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress.

    Posted: May 18, 2017 4:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 18, 2017 3:42 PM ET
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  • Wednesday May 17, 2017

    Buffy the vampire slayer

    Why "Buffyworld" still matters

    It's been 20 years since a midriff-baring California cheerleader leapt onto our television screens and became a riveting woman warrior - slaying vampires, demons and monsters. Her fantastical enemies were subversive metaphors for a corrupt and authoritarian culture. Today, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" remains the most-studied show in television history. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell revisits the legacy of "Buffyworld".

    Posted: May 17, 2017 2:48 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 17, 2017 12:34 PM ET
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  • Tuesday May 16, 2017

    Self-Taught Philosopher - Ibn Tufayl

    The Self-Taught Philosopher: How a 900-year-old Arabic tale inspired the Enlightenment

    Naheed Mustafa tells the story of Ibn Tufayl, a philosopher-physician from the 12th century. He wrote a novel called "Hayy ibn Yaqzan" -- which may be the most influential story you've never heard.

    Posted: May 16, 2017 4:34 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 16, 2017 12:29 PM ET
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  • Monday May 15, 2017

    Seed Banks

    Seed Banks: Re-sowing paradise

    In the face of climate change and declining biodiversity, one of humanity's oldest cultural practices – seed saving – has a new urgency. Maria Zytaruk explores how preserving seeds reflects the deepest of human fears and hopes, whether it's done in a high-tech seed bank in Britain, or a simple storage closet lined with jars at a convent in Kingston.

    Posted: May 15, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016 3:32 PM ET
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